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Book review- And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini, the celebrated Afghan-American author of “The Kite runner” and “A thousand splendid suns” is here again with his latest offering “And the Mountains Echoed”. If you have had a chance to read the initial two chef d’oeuvre, “And the mountains echoed” wouldn’t be equally striking. The book begins with a bedtime story (a lovely fable said in a ...

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Book Review; Life after Life, by Kate Atkinson

                                 What if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: ‘This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more’ … ...

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Book Review; Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice is a novel that is charming, refreshing and ingenious. It recites the subtle human emotions with utmost ease and simplicity. There is hardly an incident that the reader can’t surmise and yet with its subtle humor and its witty pace it easily wipes out any doubts over its monotone. The story revolves around the sisters, a vulnerable ...

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Review; To B.E or no to B.E

Engineering. What strikes first when you hear this word? Your grades? First crush? First daaru party? Hostel? Ragging? Canteen? Placement? Floods back memories? Doesn’t it? And for those who have not yet experienced or are never going to experience it, Dipen Ambalia brings to you an inside story. A life and time of the engineering multitude. 4 years of a ...

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Reviews; Five classics you must read.

Five must reads. If you haven’t read any, do read the reviews by Ivanshu Gupta.  Then go buy them and impress your friends and bosses. Here they are; Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevski Persuasion by Jane Austin Jude the obscure, by Thomas Hardy Tess of the D’UrberVilles, by Thomas Hardy Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin Crime and Punishment, ...

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Book review; Persuasion, by Jane Austin

The Persuasion was Jane Austin’s last novel is one in which the subtleness of human emotions, the nuances of psychology and the beauty of expressions are portrayed vividly and convincingly. If you’re not already an admirer of Austen, then you may be under the misguided impression that Austen wrote fluffy romances that were all about who got to marry the ...

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Book Review; Jude The Obscure, Thomas Hardy

More than once has this book been called Jude the Obscene rather than its original title. But hardly do you find any instances in the book that personify the banal expression. In fact Hardy was so affected by the criticism that he abandoned prose writing all together and concentrated only on poetry. In any case, that is hardly a point ...

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Book Review; Tess of the D’UrberVilles, Thomas Hardy

This may seem too fantastic for easy comprehension but if it does manage to sink in, it will leave your throat with a damp lump. It is always a great privilege to read Thomas Hardy, and when it comes to the apt portrayal of the Victorian era, I think that he surpasses all his contemporaries with ease. Hardy’s novels are ...

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Book Review; Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevski

Is Crime really a crime? These days we often here of an execution, we read opinions in newspapers castigating the criminal in every possible decibel level and then fixate our opinions on the opinions of others. What motivations did the culprit have? Why does the law often take so much time in executions? Do these things come to our mind. ...

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Book Review; Manuscript Found in Accra

Who forgets SRK’s dialogue in OM Shanti Om!: ‘agar tum kuch bhi haasil karna chahtey ho toh saari kaynat usey haasil karne mein lag jaati hain’ “And, when you want something, the entire universe conspires to help you achieve it.” These famous lines were originally written by the famous Portuguese writer in his book, the Alchemist. Yes, Paul Coelho of ...

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